In Berlin, the postal service provider Deutsche Post and the carmaker Volkswagen are experimenting with postal deliveries to parked cars. According to a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the partners are now looking for Internet buyers who will have their parcels delivered to a VW Polo for four weeks on a trial basis.
During the test in Berlin, the recipients give a two-hour window of time in advance, while their car stays in the same place. As the Süddeutsche Zeitung describes, the parcel messenger then sees via GPS where the vehicle is located. Using a similar technique to car sharing, the carrier can open the trunk once and put the package inside. The recipient will then receive a notification by e-mail. The system also works for returns that the driver wants to return from his or her trunk.
According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, this method of delivery offers a great advantage: “It cannot happen to parcel carriers that they ring in vain several times because the recipient is not at home at that moment”. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, it is these repeated delivery attempts that cost postal service providers a great deal of time and money.
As the Süddeutsche Zeitung notes, all postal service providers are currently trying to optimize the so-called “last mile to the customer”: recipients can specify their preferred neighbours or time slots in advance. DPD allows users to track the current location of their parcel in real time. DHL offers delivery in packing stations – or in parcel boxes that customers can place in the front yard.
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